Comcast partners with EA to release XFINITY Games platform

Screenshot 2015-07-14 14.35.05Comcast has partnered up with the giant video game publisher EA to bring some gaming titles to Comcast’s X1 platform. This partnership has lead to a new service called XFINITY Games that’s launching in beta today that will allow you to play video games on your TV using your phone or tablet.

The service streams games over the internet to X1 set-top boxes and utilizes smart devices as a controller, so customers won’t need any extra equipment. Read more

Twitch updated with “Pop Out” video to watch videos anywhere on your device

Twitch-pop-outLive video game streaming service Twitch has updated their app with a new feature they call “Pop Out”. Similar to Samsung’s video player you can select a video and hit “Pop Out” to allow the video to leave the app and continue playing overtop of any other apps. This allows you to continue to watch your favorite gaming stream while still checking emails, texting, or anything else you need to do.

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Layoffs, studio shutdown in order at Gameloft in New York City

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Gameloft has released a massive amount of games over the years for mobile devices, allowing people to believe that the mobile developer and publisher’s success has been unscathed. Really, you cannot possible say that you’ve never played a game from Gameloft. A new report, which has seemingly been confirmed internally, claims that the company will be laying off workers and closing its New York City studio.

There was not a reason provided for the unfortunate decision but we can only guess it was due to the rising cost of development.

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NVIDIA SHIELD updated to version 1.3 bringing WIFI and controller connectivity improvements

nvidia_shield_system_controller_remoteThose of you with the NVIDIA SHIELD will be happy to hear a new update is available today. Software version 1.3  will improve WIFI and controller connectivity.

This small update is released only a month after version 1.2, which added the ability to share photos in 4K on Ultra HD TV’s. That update came even quicker just two weeks after 1.1 which brought Android 5.1 to the SHIELD. If they continue the trend we should see version 1.4 out sometime next month.

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Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode gets detailed, due out on Android in 2015

minecraft story modeLast December it was announced that Telltale Games was working with Mojang on a new narrative Minecraft game. Telltale is known for their other plot-driven games that feature a sprawling narrative across five different episodes, including their own titles like The Wolf Among Us and other spin-off games that tell stories from popular franchises such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Borderlands. It looks like Minecraft: Story Mode won’t be deviating from that winning formula. Read more

NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet and set-top box get four new titles

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The library of games that are compatible with NVIDIA’s tablet and set-top box grows today with the arrival of four major titles. Among them is Valve’s Half-Life 2: Episode Two, another game from the fan-favorite developer that has agreed to bring its games to NVIDIA’s hardware. With the Tegra X1 processor inside, you should expect all games to run without any hiccups. There are now more than one hundred “high-quality games” available through the SHIELD Hub app designed for its tablet and set-top box while Google Play offers an amount higher than two hundred.

Hit the break for download links.

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